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6 Killed, 28 Hurt in Colombia River Boat Blasts

At least six people were killed, including a six-year-old boy, and 28 more wounded on Sunday when two bombs ripped through a crowded river boat in central Colombia, the army said. Clashes erupted between anti-government rebels and troops who arrived to rescue the injured. Authorities blamed the attack on rebels of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, a Marxist peasant army which has been fighting the government for four decades. The first explosion went off as a woman carrying a box disembarked from a boat that had docked with 56 people in the village of Puerto Rico, 125 miles southeast of Bogota. The second explosion detonated inside the boat, which was packed with civilian passengers, an army spokesman said. Officials were investigating whether the woman was a guerrilla or if she had been tricked by rebels into carrying the box. Puerto Rico, in the eastern savannas of Meta province, houses a counter-rebel battalion. Full Story

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